I enjoy build threads as much as anybody, so ill try and contribute to the pool. I recently joined a country band and there are parts where a lap steel would fit in really well. so i figured id make myself one instead of buying one, wheres the fun in that. wait, what am i saying......once in a while I like to try and make instruments out of as much discarded trash as possible, just for the heck of it, and this is one. We are all about recycling around this house. so here we go...... i start with a slab of pine from an old 1970s table leaf, and a piece of maple that was once discarded wood flooring for the board. i also made my 22.5" template for the slots. next i make my design. sorry bad pic. it was bulk pickup week around here so ive been scouring the curbs for decent wood, mostly pressboard ikea garbage. but i managed to find this old table leaf that is nice and flat and solid. i carefully cut out my template and line it up. a quick spray and i have an outline. the template. i cut it using a router and straight edges. i attatch the template to the pine table slab and do some more creative routing. ta da! i use the cut off pieces and rip em to make the frame for the lid. bondo, yes i know, most dont like bondo but it workd great and im painting it anyway. primer marking the slots on the board. cutting the slots on the board. many of my tools and templates are all made of discarded wood like this slot cutting jig. here im gluing binding strips into the slots. this was for a fretless conversion that someone pulled out of, so its mine now. back to the template and see about a pick guard. gathering all the pieces parts and materials to see what i need to scrounge. swing and a miss on the pickguard, back to the drawing board on that. im going more angular than curvy to match the lines of the lap steel itself. the guard and headstock cover are going to be made from aluminum stock i found discarded by heating dudes, or knockers as we like to call them. what im going for is an all in one functional lap steel that is its own case. open it up and plug er in. i have enough vinyl left over from other case projects, although i may need to do some creative patching. im still trying to figure out what to do about the fret markers, i want them black but im having a hard time scrounging something that will work. i may just paint them on. Well thats where im at with this project. ill post more when i have more progress. thanks for looking.cheers.